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Best movie/profession?

HereComesMongoHereComesMongo Member Posts: 870 ✭✭✭ Daybiller
Great article!

"Cal Ripken’s favorite baseball movie, and 24 others on the best film about their profession"

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/cal-ripkens-favorite-baseball-movie-and-21-others-on-the-best-film-about-their-profession/2017/12/25/223c8fb8-e5d0-11e7-833f-155031558ff4_story.html


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If your profession is discussed, do you agree with the chosen film and why? What other films are good choices for your profession?

If your profession is excluded, do "profess" the best film about it
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  • HereComesMongoHereComesMongo Member Posts: 870 ✭✭✭ Daybiller
    I'll start. I was an attorney for 20 years and definitely agree that "My Cousin Vinny" is the funniest movie about lawyering. It is not realistic in one sense: Most attorneys never try cases, contrary to popular belief, because the vast majority settle or are dismissed. (Likewise, in criminal cases, 95% of the time the defendant plea bargains.)



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    I actually did second-chair one jury case as wacky as MCV. We represented the wife who was suing for divorce, child custody, and $$$$. I could write a screen-play about that crazy case! The husband owned the only porn store in the county and had ALLEGEDLY buried mountains of untaxed cash proceeds from the store. We presented lots of sleazy witnesses who described his shenanigans. Our client was cosmetically "enhanced" to the max and had received $100K in jewelry from husband. When questioned, she admitted she had condoned and benefitted from the shenanigans but could not quit working for the store because "I was the world's best vibrator salesperson!" Eventually, both parties became convinced the FBI was monitoring the trial and agreed to settle after four days of trial before they got arrested!

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  • CharlieCharlie Member, Administrator, Moderator, Game Master Posts: 6,222 admin
    Tom Cruise was a Traffic Engineer in Mission Impossible 3... After I see this one every couple years, I always like to imagine being a spy and of course being engaged to Michell Monaghan. Drool...
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  • jayn_jjayn_j Member, Singin Dancing Fool, Lobby Master Posts: 598 ✭✭✭ Daybiller
    I was ready to post No Highway in the Sky as the engineer movie, but they nailed it.  Stewart's attention to detail, his dogged determination and his decision to do what's right, consequences e damned sums up a lot of engineers I know, hopefully including myself.

    Most movies with an engineer character, either treat the guy as comic relief, or totally ignore engineering.


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    Curmudgeon in training 
  • BruceBruce Member, Captain Movie Poster Posts: 831 ✭✭✭ Daybiller
    I played poker for a living for ten years. The movie that best captured that world is "The Hustler", even though it is about pool playing! It perfectly captures the massive level of cheating throughout poker that existed at that time, and almost certainly has continued to the present day.

    It also focuses in on the psychological aspect of playing poker that is so important (if a great player gets drunk or high, he is no longer the best player and he can be beat by someone who can exploit his weaknesses, even if they are a lesser player). And of course game selection is vital. You need to avoid games where your opponents are almost as good as you, and of course you must always be alert to the possibility of being cheated.

    Two poker movies that might have been great were "The Cincinnati Kid" and "Rounders" if only they had been able to hire an honest technical advisor, and if they had listened to that person.
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  • EisenhowerEisenhower Member, Administrator, Moderator Posts: 3,895 admin
    What about the Sting, Bruce? Little bit of card playing in that one?
  • HereComesMongoHereComesMongo Member Posts: 870 ✭✭✭ Daybiller
    Great posts so far!

    I recently watched Chicago and lawyer extraordinaire Billy Flynn (Richard Gere, who knew he could sing?) can "razzle-dazzle" 'em:




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  • BruceBruce Member, Captain Movie Poster Posts: 831 ✭✭✭ Daybiller
    What about the Sting, Bruce? Little bit of card playing in that one?
    A great movie, although the poker and the horse race betting scenes were not accurate to real life. But it didn't really matter.

    In almost every movie with a major poker scene, one person has four of a kind and the other has a straight flush. I think they think that is all the public is capable of understanding.
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  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 7,793 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

    A Big Hand For The Little lady ( 1966 ). I remember this film having some great poker game scenes. Have yoiu seen this one Bruce, and if so whar do you think of it ?
    Lawrence
  • BruceBruce Member, Captain Movie Poster Posts: 831 ✭✭✭ Daybiller
    Another good movie, Lawrence, but the first rule of poker is that you can't play "no limit" where a player can bet more than any other player has, and then he wins because they can't match his bet. Again, a problem with not understanding or not caring how it really works.

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